Despite advances in dental hygiene and dental care, tooth decay remains a problem for many American children and adults. The usual solution for this problem is dental fillings. If not treated correctly and on time, tooth decay can lead to more serious dental health problems, including abscessed and failing teeth. It is essential to visit your dentist regularly (every six months for most children and adults). So, he or she can check for signs of tooth decay and other dental health problems.
There are a variety of different types of materials that fill cavities in the teeth, including the following:
- Silver Amalgam.
- Glass Ionomers.
Although each of these materials fills cavities in the teeth, some types of fillings are better suited for specific conditions. Your dentist is the best person to help you determine the most appropriate material for your needs. He takes into consideration your budget and your current dental health.
When you decide which type of dental fillings is best suited for you, you need to factor in the location of the cavity in your mouth, the severity of the decay, cost, and insurance coverage. Read on to get more information about each of these materials.
Gold Dental Fillings
Gold fillings are strong, non-corrosive, and can last up to 15 years with proper care. However, they are much more expensive than silver amalgam fillings. They require more than one dental visit to fit correctly.
Silver Amalgam Dental Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are strong and sturdy. However, many individuals do not find them to be aesthetically pleasing. In addition, they are more likely to expand and contract. They cause a tooth to crack as compared to other types of fillings. In addition, many individuals worry about the long-term safety of silver amalgam fillings since they contain Mercury: a known neurotoxin.
Composite Dental Fillings
Composite fillings are an attractive option. They can match the color of your teeth. However, composite fillings are more expensive than silver amalgam fillings and are not as durable.
Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and are a very aesthetically pleasing option that is also very durable. However, ceramic fillings cost more than silver amalgam fillings. It can wear the opposing teeth if the porcelain becomes rough.
Glass Ionomers Fillings
Glass ionomers (acrylic fillings) often last for less than five years. However, they are a good choice for children if their teeth change. They can also release Fluoride, and this helps to prevent tooth decay.
Again, your dentist is the best person to help you decide which type of material to use for your dental fillings. If you have additional questions about these fillings, talk to your dentist today.